Original U.S. WWII American Red Cross Prisoner of War Food Package No. 10

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Original Item: Only One Available. Filled by Red Cross volunteers in the United States, in cooperation with the army's Quartermaster Corps, these boxes were then shipped to the International Committee of the Red Cross warehouse in Geneva Switzerland. From Switzerland, the boxes were shipped to the nearly 1.4 million Allied prisoners of war held in Germany. The boxes usually contained the following: army spread, canned bacon, luncheon meat, salmon, dehydrated corned beef, canned-cheese product, soluble coffee, powdered milk, and chocolate D bars. Non-food items included: toilet paper, soap, paper towels, can opener, needles, thread, patching cloth, vitamin capsules, salt, and tobacco.

This example is comprised of a brown cardboard box, marked with a red cross and lettered in black "American Red Cross Prisoner of War Food Package No. 10 for Distribution through the International Red Cross Committee." Inside are two cans of Powdered Whole Milk, one can is open the other is still sealed and a can of "Pure Soluble Coffee".

A nearly identical box without contents can be found in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History at this link.
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